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There’s a lot set to happen with the Manchester Council on Aging (COA) in the coming weeks.  Check them out here, and for further information on any of these great trips or to reserve your seat on the van, check out the schedule and reach out to the COA.

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Ancestry.com, 23 and Me, and Henry Louis Gates Jr. have opened a world that can track our genetics and family stories with amazing results.  The only thing those platforms are missing is the narrative.

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The Walk Massachusetts Challenge: You Can Do It!

This year, the challenge is open to everyone aged 5 years and up in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Walk with your family or friends, or on your own!  The challenge runs from May 1 to October 31.  In that time, as you complete the challenge, you are entered into a drawing for a gift card.  For each person who completes their challenge, your Council on Aging gets an entry to win up to $1000 for use with fitness programming.  Go to online and register.  Then choose a challenge based on a Commonwealth of Massachusetts fun fact.  Then, enter your walking on the same website between May 1 and October 31.

The Walk Massachusetts Challenge: You Can Do It!

This year, the challenge is open to everyone aged 5 years and up in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Walk with your family or friends, or on your own!  The challenge runs from May 1 to October 31.  In that time, as you complete the challenge, you are entered into a drawing for a gift card.  For each person who completes their challenge, your Council on Aging gets an entry to win up to $1000 for use with fitness programming.  Go to online and register.

Mental health issues, regardless of age, remain a taboo subject. 

Despite all the education and disclosure of struggle from those in the public eye, whether film stars, musicians, or politicians, there remains a stigma.  Children, adolescents, and young adults have made the news currently and in the recent past, as we enter a time of epidemic proportions of mental health crises that affect this age group.

There’s a lot set to happen with the Council on Aging (COA) in the coming weeks.  Check them out here, and for further information on any of these great trips or to reserve your seat on the van, please call 978-526-7500.

There’s a lot set to happen with the Council on Aging (COA) in the coming weeks. Check them out here, and for further information on any of these great trips or to reserve your seat on the van, please call 978-526-7500.

The advent of the good weather seems to have arrived.

Maybe you had your opening season backyard cookout over the weekend.  Perhaps your event was the first outing of the season for some of your elder friends and family.  If so, what was their experience?  Were they delighted to be participating?  Did they have limited energy and tire quickly, or were they the last to leave?  Did it seem easy and relaxing for them, or was it challenging to connect and participate in the conversation?  Did it energize them, was it exhausting, or both?

There’s a lot set to happen with the Council on Aging (COA) in the coming weeks. Check them out here, and for further information on any of these great trips or to reserve your seat on the van, please call 978-526-7500.

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From their hands to ours: it's why we wear our mother's jewelry and use our father's key chain, putter, and lucky hat.  We play lottery numbers using loved ones' ages or birthdates.  I have my mother's license in my wallet.  Why, you ask?  I don't have a good answer.

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There’s a lot set to happen with the Council on Aging (COA) in the coming weeks. Check them out here, and for further information on any of these great trips or to reserve your seat on the van, please call 978-526-7500.

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There’s a lot set to happen with the Council on Aging (COA) in the coming weeks. Check them out here, and for further information on any of these great trips or to reserve your seat on the van, please call 978-526-7500.

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To the Editor,

In 2006 the so-called ‘wall at Crosby’s’ was installed as the central feature of the Downtown Improvement Project. It was designed to provide some physical and visual separation between pedestrians and cars in the parking lot, and as a place to gather. At first not everyone understood that – it was a bare wall, and it was marble after all -- but, as kids and then all ages began to stop to chat, sit or just enjoy a bit of shade, that’s what it accomplished. 

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Even withstanding COVID, truer words were never spoken… or written.

We are juggling as fast as possible to make sense of and adapt to the changes around us. We have had countless opportunities to hone our adaptation, resiliency, and flexibility skills in the past two years, yet more continues to be required.

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Annual Town Meeting:  The Annual Town Meeting will take place on April 25 at 7 p.m. at Memorial Elementary School.  Annual Report books have been hand delivered to each household.  If you did not receive one please contact the Board of Selectmen Office.  There will also be extra copies at the Town Meeting.

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There’s a lot set to happen with the Council on Aging (COA) in the coming weeks. Check them out here, and for further information on any of these great trips or to reserve your seat on the van, please call 978-526-7500.

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There’s a lot set to happen with the Council on Aging (COA) in the coming weeks. Check them out here, and for further information on any of these great trips or to reserve your seat on the van, please call 978-526-7500.

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Many people laugh at the ads on television ... the ones that promote this or that new “miracle” drug that’s guaranteed to help your condition, whatever it is, and have a few minor side effects like respiratory failure, suicidal thoughts or actions, or cancer.  It’s amusing in a way, writes Joanne MacInnis RN CDP, but some of these medications have been helpful.  

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There’s a lot set to happen with the Council on Aging (COA) in the coming weeks. Check them out here, and for further information on any of these great trips or to reserve your seat on the van, please call 978-526-7500.

 

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There’s a lot set to happen with the Council on Aging (COA) in the coming weeks. Check them out here, and for further information on any of these great trips or to reserve your seat on the van, please call 978-526-7500.